New app helps Houston parents book classes for children

HOUSTON – Swimming, soccer, gymnastics, piano: Juggling your children's activities can be a full-time job.

But that's just half the battle. Before you get there, you have to choose the classes to which you want to commit.

Two Houston mothers are making it easier to decide and enjoy all that Houston has to offer little ones.
Jodi Rubenstein and Brooke Wise created Kidzxplor, a website and app that is similar to Class Pass for children. Parents can choose from dozens of activities and classes.

Instead of signing up your child for a session of gym classes that can last several months, Kidzxplor lets users pay for passes for a variety of classes.

"You can drop into a Little Gym, a Gymboree, a cooking class, gymnastics, swimming, all different kinds of activities, and really have your child find what their passion is and what they really love to do," explained Kidzxplor founder Rubenstein.

Here's how it works:

When you sign up for the site and the app at www.Kidzxplor.com, you can see dozens of classes for children from newborns to 12 years old. You can sort them by age, type of class, date and time or the area of Houston to find activities convenient for you. 

You pay for passes to classes. One pass is $15, six passes are $79, all the way up to 10 passes for $129.

You can use the passes to split among your children and they will roll over to the next month if you don't use them all in 30 days.

"It's a very flexible way to expose your children to all sorts of classes without the commitment that you may feel when you have to book an entire session," said Wise.

Kidzxplor is already up and running in St. Louis, but the app officially launches in Houston this weekend with a big party at the Children's Museum from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Admission is free. The event will include face painting and giveaways from Kidzxplor partners.